Saturday was a tough and tumble day of horse racing at Santa Anita. The two big favorites won and three additional horses got their free tickets punched to the Breeders' Cup.
And somewhere up there, smiling broadly, was Teddy Roosevelt. He would have loved all the rough riding.
A gathering of 17,023 was lured to the Great Race Place by the prospect of five Grade I races, each worth $300,000. Each winner of these got an all-expense-paid trip to the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup racing extravaganza.
The purse for that event is $27 million, and many of these horses and their connections won't have to travel far. The Breeders' Cup is at Santa Anita for the third straight...